Betty Brinn Childrens Museum Overview

Since we have two VERY young active toddlers, we always make it a point to visit children’s museums. Visiting the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (BBCM) was a must, especially since it was named one of the top children’s museums by Parents Magazine.

Nitty Gritty:

Ticket prices: Check out their website for ticket prices.
Location: 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin; located right by the Lake
Parking: There is an attached parking garage with validated discount parking ($2 off) . There is also another parking garage across the street that they also discount.
Stroller-friendly?: If it’s crowded, I would leave the strollers at home.
Food: There is a cafe located in the atrium with hours from Tuesdays through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also bring your own food and enjoy it in the atrium or outdoors.
Crowded: We were here on a Friday mid-morning and it was crowded with scheduled field trips.
Misc: There are lockers available for a a returnable deposit of $5 or a driver’s license. Check in at the front desk and they’ll give you a key.


  • The gated play area dedicated to those preschool-aged and younger.  Pocket Park, was spacious with plenty of activities for my two youngins to stay engaged. The treehouse slide was a big hit.
  • The mini Home Town area was pretty big with plenty to do – go grocery shopping at the market, ride the city bus, service your car at the Super Service Center, go the bank or post office. If the kids were into pretend play more they probably would have spent more time here.
Betty Brinn Childrens Museum Home Town
  • My son’s eyes lit up when he saw the multi-level play structure, but we didn’t feel comfortable having him play in it by himself. Older kids looked like they were having a blast.
Betty Brinn Childrens Museum Play Structure

 We wish…

  • …the construction would have been finished. We would have loved to check out the new exhibits.
  • …it wasn’t so crowded so that we could enjoy more of the exhibits.

 Tips to enjoy Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Bottom Line:

I would recommend this museum to any family with young children. As Milwaukee’s only place dedicated to those children 10 and under, children will have a blast playing and parents will enjoy the fact that their kids are learning at the same time. We would come here again especially once their new exhibits are open.

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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.